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  • France: The far right with a human touch

    01/16/2011 2:22:41 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    presseurop ^ | 1/14/2011 | Anne Laffeter
    After 38 years at the head of the head of France’s Front National, Jean-Marie Le Pen is hoping to pass on the party leadership to his daughter Marine. With an initiative that is in part a dynastic succession and partly a modernisation strategy similar to those deployed by far-right parties elsewhere in Europe, the FN is gearing up for presidential elections in 2012. Her father's daughter: Marine Le Pen in 2006 Times have changed at the Front National. The era when Jean-Marie Le Pen would bang on about gas chambers being "just one detail of the Second World War," highly...
  • Far right, facing barrage, fails in mayoral bid MARINE LE PEN LOSES ELECTION

    07/05/2009 11:25:31 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 19 replies · 1,759+ views
    TAIWAN NEWS ^ | 2009-07-06 | ELAINE GANLEY
    A leftist candidate backed by an array of political parties successfully staved off his far-right opponent in a mayoral race Sunday that the National Front had hope would start its comeback. Other parties, from communists to President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservatives, rallied behind Daniel Duquenne whom voters designated the new mayor of Henin-Beaumont, a former mining town in northern France, in a runoff race. The victor was sprayed with tear gas minutes after the results were announced, a police officer said by telephone, confirming reports on France-Info radio and the French TV station iTele. Duquenne was not injured and the aggressor...
  • France - Le Pen: Auschwitz didn't have gas chambers

    04/25/2008 9:07:30 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 83 replies · 1,147+ views
    Le Pen: Auschwitz didn't have gas chambers Extreme right-wing leader repeats claim that no Jews were gassed or burned at Nazi death camps, says Auschwitz inmates worked as laborers for factory Far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen sparked a chorus of outrage in France on Friday by repeating an incendiary claim that the Nazi gas chambers were a "detail of history." Anti-racism and Jewish groups threatened immediate legal action against the National Front chief - who already holds several similar convictions - after he made the comments in a magazine interview. "I said the gas chambers were a detail of...
  • Le Pen to be tried for denying brutality of Nazi occupation of France

    07/13/2006 12:50:24 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 18 replies · 749+ views
    PARIS - French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen has been ordered to stand trial for comments denying the brutality of the Nazi occupation of France during World War II, judicial officials said on Wednesday. Le Pen is under investigation for "justifying war crimes" and "complicity in contesting crimes against humanity." He could appeal the two separate rulings ordering him to stand trial, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. In January 2005, the National Front leader gave an interview to the small, extreme-right newspaper, Rivarol. He was quoted as saying: "In France at least, the German occupation...
  • France - Le Pen to be sued over gas chamber statements

    11/30/2005 10:51:13 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 572+ views
    European Jewish Press ^ | November 30, 2005 | David Dahan
    French anti-racist organizations are planning to sue Jean-Marie Le Pen, the French extreme-right party leader after he again dismissed the Nazi gas chambers as “a detail”. Le Pen made the renewed comments during an interview on the BBC’s Hardtalk show which focused on the recent riots in France’s suburbs. He had originally caused anger amongst Jews and anti-racism campaigners alike when he first made a similar comment in 1987. Mere detail During the one-on-one interview Stephen Sackur, the show’s host, recalled that less than a year ago Le Pen “described the Nazi occupation of France as ’not particularly inhuman’"...
  • Far-Right Leader: Riots Only the Start (France - Le Pen)

    11/09/2005 11:16:17 AM PST · by Righty_McRight · 115 replies · 5,118+ views
    AP via Briefbart.com ^ | Nov. 9, 2005 | JOHN LEICESTER
    PARIS French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen claimed Wednesday his National Front party has been "submerged" with prospective members and supportive e-mail since rioting erupted in heavily immigrant communities near Paris. In an interview with The Associated Press, Le Pen described the recent violence as "just the start" of conflicts caused by "massive immigration from countries of the Third World that is threatening not just France but the whole continent." Le Pen said people with immigrant backgrounds who commit crimes should be stripped of their French nationality and sent "back to their country of origin." Reminded that the vast majority...
  • Fear and Rejection (in Europe)

    06/01/2005 9:23:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 728+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 2, 2005 | DAVID BROOKS
    Forgive me for making a blunt and obvious point, but events in Western Europe are slowly discrediting large swaths of American liberalism. Most of the policy ideas advocated by American liberals have already been enacted in Europe: generous welfare measures, ample labor protections, highly progressive tax rates, single-payer health care systems, zoning restrictions to limit big retailers, and cradle-to-grave middle-class subsidies supporting everything from child care to pension security. And yet far from thriving, continental Europe has endured a lost decade of relative decline. Western Europeans seem to be suffering a crisis of confidence. Election results, whether in North Rhine-Westphalia...
  • The rise of Europe's extreme right

    05/10/2004 1:08:58 PM PDT · by MegaSilver · 84 replies · 569+ views
    OneWorld.net ^ | 10 May 2004 | Nick Ryan
    It was autumn 1996. Four men were sitting around me in a central London pub. Little distinguished them from the passing commuters. Other than their baseball caps, jailbird tattoos, or talk of white revolution, they might have been just about anyone. Those four men were the leaders of a notorious neo-nazi gang called Combat 18 - the 1 and 8 in the name signify the position of “A” and “H” ("Adolf Hitler") in the alphabet. The gang was connected to Loyalist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland, a violent “white power” music scene, numerous football hooligan “firms”, and the British National Party...
  • Le Pen plans European Parliament far-right bloc

    04/27/2004 4:30:03 PM PDT · by MegaSilver · 6 replies · 241+ views
    Expactica ^ | 27 April 2004 | Agence France Press
    PARIS, April 27 (AFP) - French extremist politician Jean-Marie Le Pen said Tuesday he was mulling the formation of an alliance with other far-right parties in the European Parliament after elections in June. Le Pen, leader of the National Front (FN) party known for its radical anti-immigration stance, made a visit at the weekend to Wales to support his political counterpart in Britain, the fringe British National Party. The FN holds only five seats in the European Parliament, the EU body which is elected by popular vote and currently has 625 deputies. The party halved its numbers in the last...
  • French Front National leader Le Pen's car egged on British BNP visit

    04/26/2004 9:57:09 AM PDT · by MegaSilver · 4 replies · 174+ views
    The Australian ^ | 26 April 2004 | Agence France Press
    PROTESTERS threw eggs at far-Right French leader Jean-Marie Le Pen yesterday as he travelled to northwest England to show his support for the British National Party. People hurled rubbish bins at his car as he left a Manchester hotel, where he endorsed the extreme-Right BNP, which shares the anti-immigration stance of his own National Front (FN) party. Police and security officers protected the firebrand FN founder inside his vehicle as he tried to slip by the protesters, Britain's Press Association news agency reported. Mr Le Pen later attended a BNP dinner in his honour in Wales, after the venue was...
  • British protesters attack French Far-Right leader Le Pen's car

    04/25/2004 1:13:45 PM PDT · by MegaSilver · 8 replies · 212+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 25 April 2004 | Michael McDonough
    MANCHESTER, England -- Angry demonstrators emptied a garbage can on the car of French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen on Sunday after he spoke in support of the anti-immigration British National Party. Shouting "Nazi scum, off our streets!" about 100 demonstrators slowed Le Pen's car as he tried to leave a hotel in Altrincham on the outskirts of the northern city of Manchester. Le Pen, who has been convicted of racism and anti-Semitism at least six times in France, was appearing at two British National Party events Sunday despite some demands that he be barred from the country. At a...
  • Le Pen Set to Back BNP's Euro Bid

    04/24/2004 10:16:33 PM PDT · by MegaSilver · 30 replies · 229+ views
    Scotsman.com News ^ | 24 April 2004 | Emma Gunby
    French National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen is expected to back the British National Party’s European election campaign today. Le Pen is due to speak at a press conference to launch the BNP’s campaign which is being held at a secret location in Manchester this afternoon. A heavy police presence is expected at the event after the Home Secretary David Blunkett warned Le Pen he would be arrested if he stirs up racial hatred during his visit to Britain. Following the press conference the National Front leader will attend a private dinner in Shropshire. The sell-out black-tie function, being held...
  • Le Pen's [French far-right leader] visit in UK sparks outrage

    04/23/2004 1:27:27 PM PDT · by MegaSilver · 18 replies · 222+ views
    Birmingham Post ^ | 23 April 2004 | Shahid Naqvi
    Religious leaders and anti-fascist groups have reacted with anger after it was confirmed the controversial leader of France's National Front party, Jean Marie Le Pen, is to visit the West Midlands this weekend. Le Pen, who is a guest of the British National Party, is to speak at a black tie dinner at an undisclosed location on Sunday. His visit is expected to attract the BNP's top brass to the region, who are campaigning for votes in the run-up to the forthcoming European and local elections. The Government last night refused to bar Le Pen from the country despite calls...
  • Far-right hopes to become France's 'third party'

    03/19/2004 8:22:51 PM PST · by MegaSilver · 15 replies · 239+ views
    Expactica ^ | 19 March 2004 | AFP
    PARIS, March 19 (AFP) - Cursed with an underperforming economy, high unemployment and a mood of national gloom, France's centre-right government risks a major rebuff in regional elections that start Sunday, and the far-right National Front (FN) says it is confident of taking full advantage. A resounding defeat in the two-round election for the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) of President Jacques Chirac would lead to an early cabinet reshuffle, with pressure to replace Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin if the results are sufficiently severe. And if the FN can improve its showing to 20 percent or more of the...
  • France's far-right leader Le Pen eyeing another run for president

    03/08/2004 4:17:58 PM PST · by MegaSilver · 174+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 23 February 2004
    <p>PARIS (AP) -- Far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, who stunned France by qualifying for a one-on-one runoff against Jacques Chirac in presidential elections in 2002, is considering another run in 2007, a spokesman said Monday.</p> <p>Le Pen has decided to remain in politics though he was disqualified for France's regional elections on grounds he doesn't live in the southern area where he wanted to be a candidate.</p>
  • Le Pen ineligible for S France elections

    02/18/2004 11:15:41 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 131+ views
    Agence France-Presse | February 18, 2004
    MARSEILLE, France, Feb 18 (AFP) - France's top official for the French Riviera on Wednesday rejected a bid by far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen to lead his anti-immigration National Front party in regional elections there next month. A former supporter of Le Pen turned rival, Bruno Megret, was also declared ineligible to run in the northern Champagne region by officials there. Le Pen, who made a surprise second-place showing in presidential elections against Jacques Chirac in 2002, was unable to provide tax records to prove he resided on the Riviera. But Marseille prefect Christian Fremont said in a statement...
  • France says 'oui' to Chirac's 'non' on Iraq war: Opposition to U.S. makes him popular

    02/22/2003 10:03:12 AM PST · by GeneD · 23 replies · 227+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 02/22/2003 | Elizabeth Bryant
    <p>Paris -- A day after Jacques Chirac ruffled feathers by advising several Eastern European countries to shut up about the Iraq crisis, a new poll found that more than three-quarters of the French considered their president courageous in bucking Washington's rush to war.</p>
  • Chirac re-elected in landslide over ultra-right leader Le Pen

    05/05/2002 12:03:39 PM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 29 replies · 195+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2002 | By JOCELYN NOVECK / Associated Press
    Chirac re-elected in landslide over ultra-right leader Le Pen 05/05/2002 By JOCELYN NOVECK / Associated Press PARIS - President Jacques Chirac was re-elected Sunday in a landslide victory over extreme-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, exit polls showed, after a dramatic presidential race that shook France to its foundations. All three of France's major polling firms gave Mr. Chirac between 81 and 83 percent of the vote, with Mr. Le Pen getting 17 to just over 18 percent. Mr. Chirac's huge victory was helped by a larger turnout than for the April 21 first round, when only 72 percent of...
  • The Unexpected Challenger (or, Our Dan Rather Interviews Jean-Marie Le Pen!)

    05/03/2002 4:50:26 PM PDT · by GeneD · 4 replies · 254+ views
    CBSNews.com ^ | 5/3/02
    (CBS) Jean-Marie Le Pen has long been a fixture on the far right of French politics, but when he unexpectedly emerged as the challenger to French President Jacques Chirac, more than a million French citizens took to the streets to protest. Statements over the years like, "I prefer the French to foreigners," have given Le Pen the moniker of a fascist, a racist and a neo Nazi. With the French presidency in his sights for the first time in a career spanning more than four decades in politics, he's now singing a softer tune. HE Spkoe Friday with CBS News...
  • Analysis: How Le Pen can win

    04/26/2002 6:44:14 AM PDT · by Timesink · 32 replies · 186+ views
    United Press International ^ | April 25, 2002 | Martin Sieff
    Analysis: How Le Pen can win By Martin SieffSenior News Analyst From the International Desk Published 4/25/2002 12:44 PM WASHINGTON, April 25 (UPI) -- Let us think the unthinkable. After all, very often, the unthinkable does happen. Can Jean-Marie Le Pen become president of France? Indeed he can. Le Pen can win. As that stickler for precise usage and meaning Abraham Lincoln would have put it, to say that he "can" win is not to say that he "will." Nor is it to say that it is probable that he will win. Incumbent President Jacques Chirac may well indeed...
  • If Life Gives you Lemons, Make "Le Monde" (Why there's Been No Rightward Shift in France AT ALL)

    04/22/2002 8:22:46 PM PDT · by Timesink · 8 replies · 361+ views
    The Volokh Brothers Weblog ^ | April 21, 2002 | Sasha Volokh
    IF LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS, MAKE LE MONDE: In a somewhat surprising turn of events and a major embarrassment for the Socialist Party, far-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen, and not Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, has advanced to the French presidential runoff against center-right President Jacques Chirac. (French readers, see the Le Monde article here.) (Plug for my favorite news source: The Economist noted this possibility three days ago ('Mr Jospin will be lucky to get 20% in the first round. . . . There could yet be a surge for one of the secondary candidates of the left or...
  • Right-wing tide surges straight to the heart of Europe

    04/21/2002 8:41:02 PM PDT · by Timesink · 58 replies · 551+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 22, 2002 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Right-wing tide surges straight to the heart of EuropeBy Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in Brussels (Filed: 22/04/2002) EUROPE'S rising Right-wing tide swept into the core countries of the European Union yesterday, rocking Germany's Social Democrats and threatening France's socialist government.Over the last two years, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Portugal, and Norway have all turned against the centre-Left consensus that had such a lock on Europe during the 1990s, opting instead for law-and-order parties promising tax cuts, deregulation, and a much tougher line on immigrants.But the pace is now quickening as ever more radical figures build mass support, often outflanking the conventional centre-Right...